Shadows we run for: 2018
Solo exhibition of ten works from a new graphite sequence based on the 17th century Dutch Still Life genre. The genre celebrates wealth and 'reach', reflecting historical colonial expansionism, and the first seeds of modern capitalism and materialism. Transposing images of plenitude into deadpan greyscale provides irony, allowing contemporary elements (drones, plastic soldiers, temporary encampments, pylons etc.) to be inserted to reflect current capitalist discord: exploitation, conflict, protectionism, migration, using symbolic references of the originals to inform collaging and editing decisions. Bryson's early text Looking at the Overlooked and Schama’s ‘An Embarrassment of Riches’ supply contextual insight to the visual research.